Texans invite Santa Fe HS football team to practice

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor, Lainie Fritz - Sports Reporter

HOUSTON - Tuesday was the second-to-last offseason team activity workout for the Texans before training camp starts.

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Deshaun Watson continues to impress his teammates with his progress.

After practice, running back Lamar Miller said the offense is fully preparing as if Watson will be healthy and ready to go as the starting quarterback to start the season.

"We're preparing as if Deshaun is our quarterback. There's things that he did in a small amount of time, you know, you could see that he had the potential to be great," Miller said. "We're really confident in him. As an offense we feel like once we get the ball we can score at any given time."
 
Aside from football, another focus at practice Tuesday was the attendance of the Santa Fe High School football team.

When the workout wrapped up, the Texans personally met with each player, took pictures and signed autographs.

The Santa Fe High School football team was visiting practice nearly a month after 10 people were killed in a shooting at the campus.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien was happy to be able to host the high school team at practice. He said he was really glad his players were able to be a part of the process.

“I just want to start with, we have the Santa Fe High School football team here. I think everybody knows, obviously, what happened in Santa Fe," O'Brien said. "It’s just great to have them here, to be able to see practice, meet our players and there’s a good example of what I was talking about the other day with our players. Our players really are hands-on when it comes to the community and Houston, and it’s good to see this here today."

O'Brien also announced that the Texans will make a $100,000 donation to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.

"I also want to announce that the Texans will be making a $100,000 donation to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund to be earmarked for grief counseling and support services to help the families and those dealing with trauma since that tragedy,” O'Brien said.

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said it was a great feeling to be able to host the Santa Fe players. He said the day was meant to be for the students and showing them a good time to lighten up their day.

“It’s big, just to come out and be a part of that, just to show their support, talk with some of the kids, some of the coaching staff, some of the people that came out," Joseph said. "It’s just a great feeling. They’re thinking about us when it should be totally opposite around. Just having a chance to sign some balls, take pictures and lighten up their day.”

Rookie safety Justin Reid was happy to be able to interact with the students and sign some balls for them to take home as souvenirs.

“You see a lot of them smiling. You’re signing balls so you can hold a short conversation with them. You can really feel that these kids are all so strong," Reid said. "It’s awesome being able to interact with them and try and make some impact, just try to give them a smile. I mean, we brought them out to the field today to sign a few balls and things like that, but it’s really cool to get out into the community and speak with them.”

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